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British chief rabbi delivers post-mortem punch to Steve Jobs

by Danielle Berrin

November 21, 2011 | 5:51 pm

Chief rabbi of England Jonathan Sacks didn’t mean to offend when he said Steve Jobs made the world more “unhappy.”

He really loves his iPad and the consumerism-peddling company that created it.

At least that’s how he recanted to The Jerusalem Post after it was announced in the London Telegraph that he blamed Jobs for tempting the masses with e-tablets and not The Tablets.

“The consumer society was laid down by the late Steve Jobs coming down the mountain with two tablets, iPad 1 and iPad 2,” Sacks said in a speech made to an interfaith gathering of Christians and Jews. “[T]he result is that we now have a culture of iPod, iPhone, iTunes, i, i, i.”

According to Sacks, Technology (and not fellow Brit Richard Dawkins’s theory of biology) has made us selfish.

“The consumer society is in fact the most efficient mechanism ever devised for the creation and distribution of unhappiness.”

I think proponents of sexting might disagree.

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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